terre des hommes

South Asia

For a reinforcement of children’s rights

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva agreed at its March 2010 session to start drafting a new international human rights instrument enabling the Committee on the Rights of the Child to receive and examine communications from children and their representatives alleging violation of their rights.

A complaints or "communications" procedure allows individuals, groups or their representatives, claiming that their rights have been violated by a State that is a party to a Convention, to bring a communication before the relevant UN Committee, provided that the State has accepted the procedure.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the only international human rights treaty with a mandatory reporting procedure which does not have, in addition, an existing or draft communications procedure. The communications procedure will be established by a new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child which came into force 20 years ago. The first session of the drafting Working Group is expected to take place in December 2010 and the new instrument could be adopted by the end of 2011.

The NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a coalition of over 80 international and national NGOs, supported by more than 600 organisations in all regions, has been actively lobbying for the establishment of this new mechanism since 2006. It will continue to support the work of the UN Working Group which will draft the Protocol in 2010.

As an active member of the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Terre des Hommes calls for an Optional Protocol that allow an optimal implementation of the Convention.

Source: Terre des Hommes International Federation

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